CVNL Press Release: Leadership Event, 11/10, Overhead Myth with Jan Masaoka

October 27, 2015


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Event on 11/10 Will Tackle the “Overhead Myth”

Leadership training challenges nonprofits and funders to think differently about nonprofit overhead

SAN RAFAEL, CA — Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL) will be hosting a workshop on November 10, 2015, which will focus on the changing conversation around nonprofit overhead and indirect costs. Jan Masaoka, CEO at California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits) will lead the discussion. “Everybody’s talking about nonprofit overhead. CalNonprofits is doing something about it with the launch of a multicomponent initiative… the Nonprofit Overhead Project will leverage millions of flexible dollars for nonprofits in California and elsewhere by changing government reimbursement rates, foundation grants and donor analyses,” said Masaoka.

“The percent of charity expenses that go to administrative and fundraising costs, commonly referred to as ‘overhead,’ is a poor measure of a charity’s performance,” said Linda Davis, CEO at CVNL. “Funders should pay more attention to other factors of nonprofit performance: transparency, governance, leadership, and results.” Overhead costs include important investments charities make to improve their work: investments in training, planing, evaluation, and internal systems, as well as their efforts to raise money so they can operate their programs. These expenses allow a charity to sustain itself.”

Event Details: Tuesday, November 10, 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
$40 for CVNL members, $60 non-members (light breakfast provided)
Location: 65 Mitchell Blvd., Suite 101, San Rafael, CA 94903,  (map/directions)

Details and event registration

The CVNL ACADEMY™ was launched in September — a collection of leadership training programs and curriculum developed from over 50 years of experience serving nonprofits. The ACADEMY offers a variety of courses covering core areas such as governance, communications, fundraising, and volunteer management, in multiple formats: face-to-face, cohort, series, and on-demand.

Contact Katelyn Willoughby-Bagley at or 415.448.0330 for additional information about the ACADEMY.

About CVNL
Since 1964, the national award-wining Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL) has advanced nonprofits and volunteerism by strengthening leadership, encouraging inovation, and empowering individuals throughout the Bay Area. CVNL knows that passion alone isn’t enough when it comes to creating strong nonprofits. CVNL works with aspiring and established leaders every day to help them build the skills and connections that can take their impact to the next level — offering comprehensive programs including education, executive search, consulting, leadership training and recognition. CVNL has a rich history of promoting volunteerism, offering easy-to-access, meaningful opportunities to individuals, families, groups, and businesses. CVNL believes that with confident and prepared leaders, our nonprofits will be better equipped to create healthy, happy communities. CVNL has served Marin County continuously for more than 50 years and expanded to Napa County in July, 2014, and is the Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC) for Marin and Napa Counties.